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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Virtual reality poised to revolutionize retail

    Imagine being able to feel the fabric of the dress you are looking at online, or being welcomed by name by a screen as you enter a store; imagine being able to pay for your goods by walking out the door without waiting in line at the cash register or providing a password.

    The retail industry, revolutionized by the Web, is on the cusp of more change, with new technologies trying to lower the barrier between “I want” and “Look what I bought.”

    The technologies are bringing the world of Minority Report closer to the present.

    Some technologies are closer to market than others. Here are that were on display at the Dx3 (digital marketing, retail and advertising) conference in Toronto this week.

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    Lululemon-backed clothing line Kit and Ace goes global

    TORONTO – Kit and Ace, a Canadian apparel start-up backed by the billionaire founder of Lululemon, will open stores in London, Australia and Japan this year, ahead of schedule, prompted partly by choice real estate, one of its senior executives said.

    The ramp-up in Kit and Ace's growth plans comes as Lululemon Athletica Inc founder Chip Wilson, who announced last month he was quitting the yogawear retailer's board, shifts his attention to the casual wear company started by his wife and son.

    "The biggest asset we can use from him is his knowledge of global real estate," J.J. Wilson told Reuters, adding his father is not involved in daily operations but is a major advisor for the brand.

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    Landlords snap up coveted Target leases

    Two of the country’s largest landlords have moved quickly to snap up 11 of their best leases from insolvent Target Canada for what it describes as a premium price, underlining their urgency to take back control of their retail space.

    Oxford Properties Corp. and Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. have come together to make a deal with Target Canada as it winds down its operations under bankruptcy protection. The proposed purchase price for the leases, which include the store in Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, Ont., is being withheld but is “at the high end of the value range,” according to new court documents.

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    Hudson’s Bay Company teams up with Simon Properties, RioCan to form real estate ventures worth $4.2 billion

    TORONTO – Through his latest act of financial wizardry, Hudson’s Bay Co. governor Richard Baker has transformed the country’s oldest department store chain into one of its most nimble real estate operators.

    It has been a process in the making since the savvy Greenwich, Conn.-based real estate investor bought out the then-limping HBC in 2008 and proceeded to make a series of methodical chess moves to get the retailer out of its least attractive properties and pour those proceeds into more valuable properties, most notably the US$2.9-billion purchase of Saks Fifth Avenue in 2013.

    HBC announced Wednesday it was partnering with the biggest real estate investment trusts in the United States and Canada to form joint venture deals worth $4.2 billion. Setting up joint ventures, rather than spin off HBC’s real estate holdings into its own REIT, will allow the department store retailer to diversify credit and enable the ventures to potentially acquire more real estate holdings before taking them public, Mr. Baker said.

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